chad a. steed

Team Leader and Senior Research Staff
Data Visualization and Machine Learning Team
Computational Data Analytics Group
Computer Science and Mathematics
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Joint Faculty Appointment
EECS, University of Tennessee

Adjunct Professor
CSE, Mississippi State University

One Bethel Valley Road
P.O. Box 2008, MS-6085
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6085
csteed (at)

Twitter: @docchad

Chad Steed Dr. Chad A. Steed is a senior staff researcher and the leader of the Data Visualization and Machine Learning Team in the Computational Data Analytics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He holds a Joint Faculty Appointment with the University of Tennessee's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and he is an Adjunct Professor with Mississippi State University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before joining ORNL in 2010, he spent nine years as a scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Steed has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University, where he studied visualization and computer graphics. He also received a B.S. in Software Engineering and a M.S. in Hydrographic Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Steed's research spans the life cycle of data science including interactive data visualization, data mining, human-computer interaction, visual perception, databases, and graphical design. His current focus is to design systems that combine automated analytics with interactive visualizations to enhance human exploration and comprehension of complex data.

Dr. Steed is the recipient of the 2014 UT-Battelle Early Career Researcher Award, the 2014 ORNL Technology Commercialization Award, the 2013 R&D 100 Award, and the 2013 ORNL Technology Commercialization Award. Dr. Steed has over 80 publications, 3 patents, and he has served as the lead PI on 12 grants totaling $5.7M. In addition to being a senior member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, he is a member of the ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, and ACM SIGCHI.